We are probably all too familiar with that annoying personality trait that compels some insecure types to flatter the powerful — those above them in status — while at the same time demeaning the ‘little people’ below. Not to be vulgar about it, but in Hollywood the syndrome is known as sucking up while excreting […]
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Tag: Who was Michael Curtiz?
You might think that Mildred Pierce, director Michael Curtiz’ marvelous 1945 melodrama that won a best-actress Oscar for Joan Crawford (fittingly accepted in her bedroom; see above), is pretty raw for its time. After all, the picture covers quite of bit of territory — murder, drinking, rampant infidelity, double-crossing financial manipulation complete with intense mother-daughter […]